Looking for produce that's in season locally? Here's a rundown of what's being harvested now.
A variety of peas is available now. Look out for snow peas, sugar snap peas and all sorts of shelling peas. However, peas are not to be confused with varieties of green beans, which peak later in the summer.
Lettuce and leafy greens
There’s no shortage of leafy greens this time of year and continuing through the summer, said Sandra Menasha, vegetable and potato specialist at Cornell Cooperative Extension — Suffolk County. Just take your pick: kale, Swiss chard, escarole, endive, frisee, collard, spinach and other lettuces.
Hardy herbs are starting to grow now, said Kaplan-Walbrecht. Fresh parsley, pictured above, cilantro and dill can all withstand the cold ground temperatures during early spring.
Asparagus is in season now, and though Eve Kaplan-Walbrecht, owner of Garden of Eve Organic Farm and Market in Riverhead, doesn?t grow it on her farm, she said ?asparagus is one of the more exciting ones that comes up in late April through mid-June,? in the area.
Also known as green onions, scallions are part of the spring harvest, unlike other types of onions, which are harvested in late summer.
This gnarly root vegetable is grated and mixed with vinegar to make the sauce you might typically buy jarred. Menasha said the root is harvested in early spring.
Is this colorful stalk a fruit or a vegetable? It’s a vegetable, but it’s often used as a fruit. Identity crisis aside, it’s in season. Menasha said it is harvested locally in mid-May.